Tennis

Roddick leads tennis charge into gridiron territory

Adopted Texan Andy Roddick will try and establish a beachhead for tennis in the heart of “enemy” territory when he plays in a post-Wimbledon exhibition at the new Dallas Cowboys gridiron football stadium.

The monster venue, which cost 1.2 billion dollars, is able to be configured for many sports, with tennis set for a debut on July 10.

Roddick will face compatriot John Isner while world number one Serena Williams will play Maria Sharapova in a best-of-three set match.

Texas is one of the American centres for gridiron, with tennis just a memory from the 1970s in the area. But Roddick is hoping that something can chance.

The tennis court will be placed across one of the end zones, with seats available for a massive 20,000 crowd.

Roddick, who lives in Austin less than 300 kilometres away, is planning to have some fun with the initiative.

“I can drive there. With my friends from home, we might just make a weekend of it and have some fun. I think it will be cool. I don’t know if we’re going to fill it, but...” Roddick said he’s pleased to see his sport being introduced into new places.

“Tennis getting into kind of mainstream venues like that more often is a good thing. Selfishly, I like it,” he said of the stadium, which has already played host to basketball, boxing and football matches.

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